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GIANT FOOD STORES RECOGNIZED BY U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WITH 2018 FOOD RECOVERY CHALLENGE REGIONAL AWARD
CARLISLE, Pa., Dec. 13, 2018 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored GIANT Food Stores with a 2018 Food Recovery Challenge Regional Award in recognition of the grocer’s sustainable retail commitment and food recovery achievements. GIANT received the EPA Mid- Atlantic Regional award in the Data Driven category for grocery store chains.
“As a food retailer we are committed to reducing waste and minimizing our environmental impact, while at the same time maximizing food donations to our regional food banks,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, GIANT Food Stores. “Our ‘Meat the Needs’ program has been a game changer for our company and our food bank partners, diverting food from landfills and onto the plates of those in need. We are honored to have these ongoing efforts recognized by the EPA.”
After learning that protein meat was most needed by hungry families and often in short supply, GIANT introduced its innovative “Meat the Needs” program in 2008. Through this program, stores safely freeze and donate meat that is pulled from sale, a day before its sell-by date. This product is safe, consumable food that GIANT would be just as proud to sell to customers, but rather than ending up in landfills, it is helping regional food banks feed those most in need.
“Philabundance and our 350 agencies want to thank GIANT for its dedication to the Meat the Needs program,” said Glenn Bergman, executive director, Philabundance. “Protein is the most expensive product for Philabundance to secure, and GIANT’s program provides about 15,000 pounds of perfectly good product to people in need each week. Congratulations to GIANT and the team that makes this happen every week.”
All 172 GIANT and MARTIN’S Food Markets stores participate in the “Meat the Needs” program with the meat donations delivered to regional food bank partners by GIANT trucks. In 2017, GIANT stores donated 3,922,000 pounds of wholesome quality meat and food to local food banks. Looking ahead, GIANT anticipates expanding the program so all fresh departments can participate as part of GIANT’S commitment to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2025.
GIANT was among more than 1,000 governments, businesses and organizations nationwide that participated in the 2017 EPA Food Recovery Challenge.
About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ nearly 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. The GIANT Family of Brands includes GIANT, MARTIN'S Food Markets and Peapod by GIANT. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites.